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Subject Matter Competency

The Commission on Teacher Credentialing requires that Single Subject Credential candidates demonstrate adequate knowledge in all the areas of subject matter they wish teach.  This is called the Subject Matter Competence requirement. Demonstration of Subject Matter Competence may be achieved through completion of a CTC-approved subject matter preparation program or examination.

Candidates in the CSULB Single Subject Credential Program must satisfy subject matter competency prior to student teaching. It is highly recommended that subject matter competency be complete prior to program admission. Candidates that have not satisfied subject matter competency at the time of program admission will be admitted provisionally and will be allowed to take core courses. Subject matter competency must be completed prior to student teaching. 

Candidates that will be using the CSET to satisfy subject matter competency must have passing CSET scores for all required subtests to submit at the time of student teaching application.  Candidates that are completing a Subject Matter Preparation Program must have all courses completed prior to student teaching. Courses may be in progress at the time of student teaching application.  

Subject Matter Preparation Program

CSULB has approved subject matter preparation programs in the following subject areas:

For information regarding the subject matter preparation programs listed above, contact the Subject Area Faculty Advisor for assistance.

Candidates that believe they have met the subject matter preparation requirements through coursework at a university other than CSULB may request a Subject Matter Waiver Evaluation.

CSET - (California Subject Examination for Teachers)

Currently, the only Commission-approved subject matter examinations used to verify subject matter competence for Single Subject Teaching Credentials is the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET) (CTC Leaflet CL-674S).

For more information concerning the CSET, including registration fees, application deadlines, test dates, etc., visit the CSET website at:

The following materials and services are available for candidates seeking assistance in preparing for the CSET:

  • Orange County Test Prep Series for English, Math, Science, and Social Science. Contact Lucy McGinley, Program Specialist at 714-708-5887 or E-mail her at  Click here for more information on OC Test Prep Series.

  • Study guides available through Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing states that CSET examination scores are valid for TEN YEARS from the passage of each subtest.